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Porcelain dinner plate with painted polychrome decoration consisting of a bird perching on a flowering branch framed by sprays of flowers and a gold trefoil chain along rim.
This is one of six ancient / plates long in the Willis family / and was given to Miss Caroline / Duncan about 1885 by her / mother's cousin Miss Ann / Osgood of Haverhill. At the / death of Miss Duncan in 1917. / it came to me, Stephen W. Phillips. / I am no expert, but it appears to be / either Chinese or English Delft. / I do not know which. It is / certainly very old middle of / 18th century at least and / very pretty. (handwritten)
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),
1 (H), 8 3/4 (diameter) (inches)
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation